Tag Archives: 19th century

Nochebuena en Cuba, 1824

The Spaniard Francisco Dionisio Vives arrived to Cuba in 1823 and served as captain general of the island through 1832. Vives ruled Cuba in the wake of independence movements in the rest of the colonial Americas and in the midst … Continue reading

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A book for businessmen

Say you were interested in doing business in Cuba at the end of the nineteenth century. Here is what William Jared Clark would tell you: “The American visiting Cuba no matter for what purpose will find that his success is principally … Continue reading

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Dobo: A Liberated African in Nineteenth-Century Havana

“The story of one of the Africans on board the Fingal, a ten-year old boy named Dobo, illustrates the difficulties emancipados faced living under Spanish jurisdiction. Dobo’s story, or Gabino as he was renamed after his arrival in Cuba, is … Continue reading

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Saw this gem at the Brooklyn Museum in the “Behind Closed Doors” exhibit. Enlarged (wall size) stereograph by New York photographer Taylor E. Lamson of a reception room in Havana, circa 1860. In the collection of Hermes Mallea.

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Saw this gem at the Brooklyn Museum in the “Behind Closed Doors” exhibit. Enlarged (wall size) stereograph by New York photographer Taylor E. Lamson of a reception room in Havana, circa 1860. In the collection of Hermes Mallea.

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Luca Martino

LUCA MARTINO: is about 45, and has been thirty-one years in Havannah. Is brother to Miguel Marino. Was brought from Lagos on board a Spanish vessel, which, almost immediately after it had sailed, was captured by a British cruiser. The … Continue reading

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I love the emotion in this image, but I could do without the original title. A Group of Typical Cuban Negros, near Havana ca. 1899 Stereograph Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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I love the emotion in this image, but I could do without the original title. A Group of Typical Cuban Negros, near Havana ca. 1899 Stereograph Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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Maestro de baile

Tomas Ganí maestro de baile que acaba de llegar de Cádiz en donde ha ejercido su profesión con estimación de todos los sres que han honrado, ofrece sus servicios a este respetable publico en toda clase de bailes, así nacionales … Continue reading

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19th-century “hat physiology”

“Hat physiology” by Victor Patricio Landaluze. In Don Junípero, March 27, 1864.

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